What A Crazy & Scary World Indeed !!!

Since our daughter, Summer, started talking about going to Semester at Sea, people have asked, "Aren’t you scared to let her go?  It is such a crazy world out there!!"
 
It is certainly a crazy world, but when the craziness and the terrorists start making us stay at home… they have won… Haven’t they??
 
My husband, Tim, flew from California to North Carolina, two days after 911.  Both Tim and Summer were overseas when we went to war in Iraq … Tim in South Korea and Summer in France with her H.S. Senior French Class. Somehow, I , the one who wanted to see the entire world before she dies, always seem to be the one left at home to worry, pray, rebook and re-arrange plans for them and keep the home fires burning… Now how does that work?
 
I feel that God gave us this beautiful world to experience it and his people.  And Summer’s Guardian Angel seems to work overtime to keep her safe… but this week did make me think twice…
 
Up-risings in Venezuela after the recent coup:  Semester at Sea’s first stop just two months ago. 
 
 
–Pirates attacking off the coast of Kenya and Samalia again:  The reason Semester at Sea replaced Kenya with an extension in South Africa and a stop in Mauritius, only one month ago.
 
 
–Continued rioting in the streets and surrounding areas of Paris:  The city Summer visited twice in High School on student tours.
 
 
Part of me worries, of course, and part of me says thank you God for letting Summer see and experience those places before maybe someday it does become entirely unsafe and just a memory of places where Americans used to travel.  Lets hope not!

About Ask Marion

I am a babyboomer and empty nester who savors every moment of my past and believes that it is the responsibility of each of us in my generation and Americans in general to make sure that America is as good or even a better place for future generations as it was for us. So far... we haven't done very well!! Favorite Quotes: "The first 50 years are to build and acquire; the second 50 are to leave your legacy"; "Do something that scares you every day!"; "The journey in between what you once were and who you are becoming is where the dance of life really takes place". At age 62 I find myself fighting inoperable uterine Cancer and thanks to the man upstairs and the prayers from so many people including many of my readers from AskMarion and JustOneMorePet... I'm beating it. After losing our business because of the economy and factors related to the re-election of President Obama in 2012 followed by 16-mos of job hunting, my architect-trained husband is working as a trucker and has only been home approximately 5-days a month since I was diagnosed, which has made everything more difficult and often lonely... plus funds are tight. Our family medical deductible is 12K per year for two of us; thank you ObamaCare. But thanks to donations from so many of you, we are making ends meet as I go through treatment while taking care of my father-in-law who is suffering from late stage Alzheimer's and my mother-in-law who suffers from RA and onset dementia as well as hearing loss, for which there are no caretaker funds, as I continue the fight here online to inform and help restore our amazing country. And finally I need to thank a core group of family, friends, and readers... all at a distance, who check in with me regularly. Plus, I must thank my furkids who have not left my side through this fight. You can see them at JustOneMorePet.
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